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WESLEY COLLEGE PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

Current Parent Teacher Association Committee 2020-2021

Chairperson: Elaine Wilson
TreasurerKevin Daly
Secretary: Richard McConnell
Committee members: Caitlin Gardiner (Boarder parent), Clive Jones (Boarder parent), Michelle Condell, Kerri Judge, Grainne Darlington, Avril Montgomery, Caitlin Gardiner, Lyndsay Freehill, Robert Nathan
Buildings & Grounds committee representative: Clive Jones
COMPASS representatives: Clive Jones, Avril Montgomery
Teacher representativesKaren Deering, Raquel Rodriquez
Principal:  Christopher Woods
Deputy Principal: Fionnuala O'Byrne

 

Communication with the  PTA committee is always welcome and is best sent by email to pta@wesleycollege.ie, or can be sent by post to  The Honorary  Secretary, Wesley College PTA, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

Please note that communication regarding administrative and educational matters should be directly with the College office.

PTA Connect Video

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

NATIONAL PARENTS COUNCIL SURVEY

The National Parents Council (Post Primary) have distributed the following Back to School Survey. Please take a minute to fill it in before this Wednesday evening (25th November) - thank you for sharing your views. 

RECENT NEWS AND EVENTS

 

COMPASS AGM Notice (21st November)
The COMPASS Parents AGM will take place via Zoom on Saturday 21st Nov at 9:30am and is scheduled to last 90 minutes. 

The AGM will include a report on the activities of COMPASS executive in representing parents from minority religion schools nationally, through the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCPP). The attachments below contains the following supporting documents:

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50th PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION AGM (via Zoom)

Registration required in advance
The 50th AGM of Wesley College PTA will take place online next Monday 16th November @ 7.30pm and will take place virtually via Zoom. Registration is required in advance of the AGM in order to attend Due to the AGM being held remotely, no later than Monday 16th November at 10am.

To register your intention to attend the AGM via Zoom, simply follow the steps below: 

Step 1.  Email: pta@wesleycollege.ie (before Monday 16th November @ 10am)
Step 2.  Type the word “Attend” in the subject box of your email
Step 3.  In the body of the email simply type your full name

All registered attendees will receive an email with the Zoom link to the AGM, no later than 5pm on the 16th November.  

Dr. Chris Luke had been lined up as our guest speaker. The nature of his presentation is more suited to face-to-face interaction, so unfortunately it was decided to postpone his talk until restrictions have eased. 

Rev. Nigel Mackey has agreed to step in at short notice and will entertain attendees with his insights and anecdotes on life as school chaplain living on campus with your children. 

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION

Powerful Teaching: A Guide for Parents

We received the following recommendation from Derek Shaw Co-ordinator in Teaching and Learning at Wesley College

"I personally believe that it is very readable and an excellent resource. It makes the science accessible and gives great practical insight into how learning works. Her previous book on ‘Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning’ has much that we are finding useful in our ongoing development of Teaching and Learning in the college. 

As we make more use of these teaching principles in our school, a question we are asking is how do we ensure parents and students understand these principles, as well?” 

Below is a link to an interview with the Author, Patricia Bain:

https://www.edcircuit.com/powerful-principles-to-guide-parents-and-students-in-the-education-process

And here's a link to order the book. It may not be available in Ireland, however we recommend you search in Ireland first and buy locally if possible:

 https://www.johncattbookshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Powerful+teaching+a+guide+for+parents+

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW WALKING AND CYCLING ROUTES
As part of the Active School Travel initiative DLRCOCO has launched a public engagement stage on New Safe Walking and Cycling Routes, to upgrade and connect the existing walking and cycling network in Dublin and to encourage increased walking and cycling to school, and for wider use by the public.
 
Maps and a description of the new routes, including information and Engagement Booklet and FAQs are attached below.
The Council are seeking views and feedback from the public to help inform Phases 2 and 3 of the project.  This current public engagement stage (Phase 1) is taking place from 25th September to Friday 23rd November 2020.
 
Feedback can be given in the following ways:
Online: Use the DLR Consultation Hub available at: https://bit.ly/dlrWalkCycle
By post:  Active School Travel Project, Infrastructure and Climate Change Department, DLRCOCO, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
 
The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 23rd October 2020.
Observations should be clearly marked ‘Active School Travel’. The Council’s Privacy Statement is available on the DLRCOCO website.
The attached documents and further information are available on their website at: https://www.dlrcoco.ie/en/environment/active-school-travel

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1st YEAR PARENTS TALK (September 29th, 7.00pm)

The Guidance Department, with the support of the PTA, has organised an evening presentation from Monica Rowe of Key Conversations. Ms. Rowe has valuable experience working with young people through her work as Facilitator and School Liaison Officer with Childline and ISPCC.

The presentation, to 1st Year Parents, will take place on Tuesday 29th September at 7.00pm and will provide parents with information in relation to:

· The transition from Primary to Secondary school

· Why working closely with the school is important for your child’s general wellbeing

· What our children are not telling us

· How to set new guidelines with minimum conflict

· Being a parent AND a friend

· Coping under the current climate

Note: This presentation will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar and the link to access this will be emailed to parents on the morning of the event.

Additionally, Ms Rowe will address all 1st Year Students on the morning of Tuesday 29th September, discussing the following:

· Coping with change – particularly during Covid-19 Pandemic, (bigger school, more teachers/students/subjects/homework, getting to school by yourself, managing your time and work)

· How to approach teachers with respect and confidence

· Making friends

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*** CANCELLED ***
(until further notice)
PREPS/1ST YEAR COFFEE MORNING (19th Sept)
Unfortunately, the 1st Year and Preps Coffee Morning held each year in the Blackmore Pavillion, scheduled for Saturday 19th September, will NOT now take place, due to COVID restrictions. If the opportunity arises to reschedule it we will be in touch to let you know.
Impact Gumshields fitting will go ahead as planned
Impact Gumshields will be there on the morning of September 19th providing custom fit gumshields and this service will be unaffected. 
Pupils from all years will be accommodated and strict hygiene and social distancing protocols will be adhered to. Parents who wish to find out more and avail of this optional service, can make an appointment by submitting their details via Impact’s online registration form at: www.impactgumshields.com/wesley20/ and then an appointment time for the child's fitting will be sent to parents via email on Thursday 17th Sept. 
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TY COFFEE MORNING (25th Sept)
TY Coffee Morning scheduled for Airfield on Friday 25th September will not go ahead either but we will aim to reschedule at some point later in the year if this is possible.
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MENTAL HEALTH GUIDE
HOW’S YOUR HEAD? A GUIDE TO STAYING AFLOAT POST COVID
The NPCPP has put together the attached Mental Health Manual to provide information and support to those that are struggling with the 'new normal'.
The manual can be downloaded here: How's Your Head - ISSU Mental Health Manual

 

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NPCPP COVID 19 AND HOMESCHOOLING SURVEY FINDINGS

The NPCPP launched a survey on 2nd April to ascertain the views, opinions and experiences of parents / guardians of students in post-primary education during the Coronavirus public health crisis. The following report contains the findings of this survey:

Covid 19 and Homeschooling Survey Results

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HOW TO STUDY FROM HOME - ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Below is a link to an article from the Irish Second Level Students' Union President, Ciara Fanning. This article is part of a 'Study from Home' series, which has been collated since the closure of schools across Ireland and ow available on the NPCPP website on the following link (https://www.npcpp.ie/study-from-home-advice-from-the-irish-second-level-students-union/). 

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NPCPP PANDEMIC SUPPORT

A letter from Patrick Empey President of National Association of COMPASS drawing attention of parents to three services offered by the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCPP) during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Coronavirus Letter - National Parents Council
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A busy quarter for the PTA

It’s been a busy few months for the PTA Committee who’ve been involved with and supported a number of key events with the school including:

  • Student Enterprise competition
  • Wesley Artist of the Year
  • 3rd Year Coffee Morning in Airfield
  • Model United Nations
  • Preps/1st Year Coffee Morning  in The Blackmore Pavilion
  • The official launch of the new hockey pitches and Wesley International Hockey Patrons 

Below is a selection of photos from some of the recent events.

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READY STEADY COOK - 4th March

 

 

The bar was set very high again this year with delicious dishes served up for Ready Steady Cook 2020 - Well done to all the students and prize-winners.

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The official launch of Wesley International Hockey Patrons- 26th February

 

To mark this launch the College was thrilled to invite back an International Past Pupils Hockey team to take on the Current Under Age Irish Hockey representatives from the school. They played in an exhibition game against a formidable past pupils team which has accumulated over 430 international caps! The main focus of the evening was the launch of the Wesley International Hockey Patrons which is a fund which plans to put in place financial support for future years for any hockey players who represent both their country and their school.

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1st YEAR COFFEE MORNING - 29th February

The Blackmore Pavilion was packed out on a beautiful Saturday morning for the second Preps/1st Year parents coffee morning.

 

 

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3rd YEAR COFFEE MORNING - 7th February

Third Year coffee morning in Airfield where 40-50 parents/guardians of 3rd Year students got together for coffee, scones and a catch-up.

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2019 AGM

We had a great AGM this week. 2019 was reviewed and new PTA members were elected - more on that in a future post. Following formalities Dr. John Sharry gave intriguing insights on how to deal with teen anxiety and universal character strengths associated with happiness (versus what society tells kids will make them happy!).

 

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ROLE OF PTA COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The PDF below provides a brief summary overview of the PTA and the role of a PTA committee member within the PTA, for anyone considering joining the PTA over the coming year.

Role of PTA Members

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BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK TALK

To access a synopsis of the recent PTA talk on ‘What our children are not telling us’, click here: 

Synopsis of Parent's Talk

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YEAR 4 COFFEE MORNING

Friday 4th October

 

Well done to all who made it through the tail-end of Storm Lorenzo for the TY coffee morning on the 4th of October to enjoy coffee,  pastries and Junior Cert results(!) chat in Airfield.

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YEAR 1 AND PREPS COFFEE MORNING

Saturday,  21st September 

There was a great buzz at the PTA's Preps and 1st Year coffee morning over the weekend as everyone set about getting acquainted. The large crowd spilled out on to the balcony of the Blackmore Pavilion to enjoy the fine weather and watch some of the morning hockey matches.

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BULLYING AWARENESS  WEEK PARENTS TALK

Monday 16th September 2019

Packed House for September PTA Talk
There was barely a seat to spare in Wesley on Monday evening as Monica Rowe took to the stage for a Bullying Awareness Week talk on 'What our children are not telling us'.  Her talk focused on the dealing with the internet and how to effectively communicate with our children.
It was a hugely insightful talk that drew on a combination of research and Monica's own personal experience as a parent and working with the ISPCC and Childline. Amongst the sage-like advice was a bullet-proof strategy to negotiate with children to get and keep devices out of their bedrooms, which I’m sure many parents will be discussing with their children and implementing over the coming days.

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SUMMER BARBECUE

Saturday 10th May 2019

A great night was had at the weekend at the Wesley College Parents BBQ, hosted by the PTA at Old Wesley Rugby Club.  Over 150 people attended and devoured a delicious feast of summer food. It was a lovely relaxed social evening with a great buzz.  This may well become an annual event! 

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READY STEADY COOK

A memorable afternoon was had in early March when 18 students showed off their baking skills. They had 1½ hours to create a dessert using a recipe from a female influence - friend, family member or celebrity chef. The theme was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day and there were all types of recipes, ranging  from Mary Berry and all three Allens - Myrtle, Darina and Rachel - to recipes handed down from great grandmothers and female bloggers! 

 1st prize was awarded to Lisa-Marie Kasselman for her Marbled Meringue Roulade with Lemon Curd (pictured below)

2nd prize went to Emma Ruttle for a Trio of Allen Women Desserts

3rd prize was awarded to Zoe Mulligan for her Toblerone Cheesecake

 Three highly commended prizes went to:

  • Glory Daniel Ochonma - Sweet Surprise
  • Katelyn Tennant - The Passionate Cake
  • Anna Forbes - Apple and Cinnamon Bundt Cake

 

 

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Y1 COFFEE MORNING TAKE 2

Blackmore Pavilion

Parents of first year students gathered for coffee in the Blackmore pavilion on a bright and breezy morning on the 9th March.  It was another chance to get to know each other better while the students played hockey on the pitches in front of the pavilion.

 

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Y3 COFFEE MORNING - Friday 8th February 2019

Overends Cafe, Airfield

We’ve repeated a successful formula started last year with over fifty Year 3 parents getting together for the first time in 2019 over coffee and home-made scones in Airfield.   

Despite a wild wintery morning the sun started to shine as people arrived and it turned out to be a lovely and relaxing morning.

We think we’ve found a successful formula that we may well roll out to other classes in the future, so keep an eye out and watch this space!

  190208 Y3 Coffee Morning

 

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PTA AGM - Monday 19th November 2018

Wesley PTA AGM took place this week with guest speaker Peter McVerry giving a highly engaging talk about his experience dealing with the homeless in Ireland.

Congrats to newly elected committee members:  Avril Montgomery, Clive Jones, Kerri Judge,  Elaine Wilson and Kevin Daly. Retiring members were  Karen Harris, Suzanne Hawe, and Nita Mishra,

 

The notice and agenda for the AGM was available for viewing and download at:

2018 PTA AGM Notice and Agenda

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COMPASS Interactive Meeting - Saturday 17th November 2018

Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork

"Your parental wellbeing and its impact on your children";  Brendan Dennehy

Further information is available for viewing and download at:

COMPASS - Interactive Meeting

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NPCpp ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018

Parents - Your Voice in Education - Saturday 13th October 2018

Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley

This all-day conference included four speakers, including Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Childern and Richard Bruton,  the Minister for Education and Skills, and four workshops.

Original details are available for download in the NPCpp Annual Conference 2018 flier.

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TRANSITION YEAR PARENTS' COFFEE MORNING

Friday 5th October 2018

Airfield 

Parents of 4th years had a relaxed Friday morning in Airfield over coffee and scones, on the 5th October. It was a new initiative this year and proved a great success.

Given the TY shake up of classes and moving pupils around for TY the  PTA felt it would be useful for parents to meet each other again, to renew old acquaintances and get to know some new faces too.

Some were enjoying it so much they looked like they wanted to stay on in Airfield for lunch!  This is definitely an event that will be considered as aa  regualr event by the PTA in the future.

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BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK TALK

Monday 17th September 2018

 All parents are invited to a talk by Stella O’Malley, a mental health professional. Stella will be giving a talk to parents on bullying. This is part of the Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week being held in the school for students.

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FIRST YEAR AND PREPS COFFEE MORNING

Saturday 15th September 2018

Blackmore Pavilion 

The 15th September saw a great turnout matched by a great buzz of parents of pupils coming in to 1st year or Prep class, for our annual coffee morning in the Blackmore Pavillion, overlooking the hockey pitches.

The annual event gives parents and guardians a chance to meet parents and guardians of students in the same class as thier own child in an informal setting over a cup of tea or coffee. 

It was a great success on a beautiful morning and with a great atmosphere as parents set about getting to know eachother, most for the very first time! 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Wesley College Parent Teacher Association aims to advance the education and welfare of pupils, promoting co-operation and communication between the management of the college, parents and staff.  and assisting with social, educational and other activities for the Wesley community.

 

We represent the interests of parents of day and boarder pupils at the school and provide input to the formulation and implementation of school policies. All parents are members of the association, which is run by an elected committee. The operation of the association is governed by a constitution, which may be viewed and downloaded at WCDPTA Constitution

 

The association is funded primarily through a contribution collected from parents through the college's normal fee invoicing. These funds, together with those raised through some of the activities which the PTA runs, are used in fulfilling the aims of the association. 

ACTIVITIES

 The association runs, assists with or financially supports some regular activities which are an integral to college life, the principal ones being the following.
First year parents' coffee morning Pre-Debs Soiree
Poetry Aloud PTA AGM
Student Enterprise Awards Spring Guest Speaker
Model United Nations Interschools Music Festival
Seachtain na Gaeilge Green Week
Business Innovation Award Ready Steady Cook
Wesley Artist of the Year Book Week
Habitat for Humanity School Leaver’s BBQ
Uniform Sale  
 

REPRESENTATION

The PTA is represented, through appointed committee members, on the Board of Governors' Buildings & Grounds Committee and on COMPASS (Co-operation of Minority Religion and Protestant Parent Associations (Post Primary).

 

The association also nominates one member of the Board of Management. 

 

Contacting the Parent Teacher Association

Communication with the  PTA committee is always welcome and is best sent by email to pta@wesleycollege.ie, or can be sent by post to  The Honorary  Secretary, Wesley College PTA, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

 

Please note that communication regarding administrative and educational matters should be directly with the College office.

 

 

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